Scheduling

If there is one thing I am great at (and obsessed with), it is scheduling, organizing, and efficiency. I am a planner. I like to know what my weeks and months are going to look like. I love to know what my today and tomorrow is going to look like. I like lists. I like crossing things off said lists. I don’t like to waste time. This is what works for me.

First things first, I have a planner. I am on my third planner now. I use the monthly portion of the planner to write down appointments, special dates, and reminders. The things I don’t really need to have on my mind for a while. I don’t write anything in the weekly portion until the Sunday before. That’s when I sit down and plan what my next week is going to look like.

Secondly, I use the calendar app on my phone. When it’s not convenient to get to the planner, I just add events on my phone and I reference back to it later.

Thirdly, I have an app on my phone called “Google Keep.” I use this app for a variety of things. I have two to-do lists, one for today and one for tomorrow. Every night, before bed, I go over my planner and I update my to-do list for the next day and the next day after that. I also keep track of my monthly expenses and savings on this app. I write down motivational quotes, goals, schoolwork, grocery list, shopping list, reminders, and so on. I also write things I want to plan to do one day, just not sure when. All of these things are separated. Needless to say, I am on this app all day everyday.

If you guys would like to know more, just let me know. I could get into the specifics of whatever part you’re interested in. I highly suggest the planner, the calendar, and Google Keep. I use all three, but maybe one of them will be enough for ya! What’s your Monday going to look like? How about your week?

 

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Opportunity

Do you ever hope for that one opportunity that will change the course of your life? Are you waiting for it to approach? A lot of people have the misconception that once they have the opportunity, things will just fall in place for them. However, you will never succeed unless you’re prepared for the opportunities life hands you.

That’s right. You’ll have to work for them before they even come to fruition. Whatever opportunity it is you’re waiting on, make sure you’re prepared to receive it when the time comes. Put in the work beforehand. Nothing in life comes easy. You have to work for what you want. Don’t let life just continue passing you by.

If you’re waiting around for Ms./Mr. Right, your perfect person, “the one”, etc:

  • Do you already have the qualities you’re hoping to find?
  • Are you the person you’d want to be in a relationship with?
  • Do you love yourself?
  • Do you have your life in order?

That’s just one example of many. If you’re just waiting for your big break, start preparing for it now. Make a plan. Write down your goals. Figure out how to achieve them. Figure out who you need to be and what you need to learn in order to be ready. Walk towards your goals. Don’t just wait for them to come to you. That’s not how life works.

Furthermore, don’t wait to accomplish things until everything is perfect. It will never be perfect! Accomplish things anyway. Do them anyway. I know way too many people who use this one as their excuse. They want to workout, they want to be healthier, they want to read more, they want to start a business, they want to go back to school, but they keep on waiting until the situation is ideal for them to do so.

If you’re one of those people, you’ll be waiting forever. You have to do the things that matter to you despite the situation. And I won’t take any, “I don’t have enough time.” Yes, you do! Make time for it. These things really matter. If you want a higher quality of life, if you want to be successful, if you want to be happier, you have to turn your “I shoulds” into “I cans” and “I wills” and “I musts.”

 

Has this ever happened to you?

It really bothers me when a certain individual in my life doesn’t give me the response I’m hoping for. I could go to this person with great news, a lot of energy, tons of excitement, and the biggest smile on my face. Every single time, I expect a normal response from this person, such as:

  • I’m really happy for you!
  • Wow! That’s great news.
  • We should do something to celebrate.
  • That’s awesome.
  • You deserve it.
  • That’s so cool!

Anything is better than the response I get, which is usually just an “Okay.” I would do better talking to a wall. Each time I go to this person, I regret it. I allow the response to take away from my happiness and from my own excitement. And each time, I get surprised that I get the same reaction. Why do I get surprised? It’s the reaction I frequently get. I go there every single time hoping something will be different and I get let down each time.

I wasn’t fully aware of my part in this whole situation until recently. I got very upset that I got the same response, again. I sat there, upset, trying to figure out what was wrong with this person, why they couldn’t just be nice to me, and so on.

Then, I asked myself, “How am I still surprised and upset at something that happens so frequently? How and why do I expect the next time to be different? If I know the response, why do I even put myself in that position again and again and again?”

Since then, I’ve stopped going to this person. I’ve stopped counting on this person for things. I’ve been doing it on my own. And you know what? There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with doing it on your own.

Update (skydiving)

I’ve been a bit busy enjoying the amazing weather California is having. I’m five shades darker and my smile’s a little brighter. Can you guess where I’ve been?

Yes! The beach! I usually don’t get in the water, but this summer is different. Just try getting me out. I dare ya.

I will be writing a post soon enough. I try to write when I’m inspired about a topic and I haven’t been feeling very inspired lately. Quite the opposite actually. It wouldn’t be genuine and from the heart, so I’ve been waiting.

I am hoping to go skydiving this summer. It will be my second time. If you haven’t done it, DO IT. I jumped 18,000 feet out of a plane. It was and still is the best experience of my life. I did it for my birthday… Two years ago, I believe.

I didn’t know what I was walking into. It was just one of those things I signed myself up for. I didn’t think about it until the day of. I wasn’t scared until we actually arrived there. Once I saw the little airplane that didn’t look like it could even fly, I started getting a little worried. I had to sign waivers that repeatedly stated that I might die. I watched a video that stated that I might die. And I signed some more papers that said I might die, in bold this time.

Fear set in. We’re finally on the airplane and can you believe it? This little thing can actually fly. I had no idea how high 18,000 feet was. No idea. I asked the guy if we were almost there and he said we were only at 3,000 feet. I continued to ask until I realized it’s best not to know at this point. The fear was still there.

I was the first one out of my group to jump. There was not an ounce of fear anymore. We jumped. And I wish I could put the whole experience into words. It just felt like I was flying. It didn’t feel like I was falling. It was unbelievable. I could see the curvature of the Earth. I could see the ground getting closer and closer. There was nothing separating me from the Earth. I was literally falling. And it was beautiful.

The parachute opened. It felt like I was a feather floating in the air. Pure bliss. I started clapping, because I was so happy. Yes, I have that on video. We land and I wanted nothing more than to be back in the air. I’m hoping to do it again this summer!

I hope some of you are crazy enough to do it with me!

What if tomorrow never comes?

The next time you decide to leave things off for another day, try asking yourself this question. We all tell ourselves that we’ll do better tomorrow or that we’ll start exercising next week or that we’ll be where we need to be next year or whatever. We all envision the best version of ourselves and the best version of our lives, but we put it off for another day. In reality, we don’t know if we’ll have those days. We should work towards them every single day– no excuses.

When you have an argument with a loved one or you’re angry about something pretty dumb or you’re worried about who’s right or wrong, just ask yourself if it really matters. In the grand scheme of things, will this matter? Chances are it doesn’t and it won’t. We shouldn’t waste any time being angry, upset, or sad. It’s just not worth it. We only harm ourselves in doing so.

Are you aware of your mortality? Are you aware of the mortality of everyone around you? At the end of the day, we’re all headed in the same direction, to the same destination. Shouldn’t we be there for each other? Shouldn’t we be nice to each other? Shouldn’t we cut each other some slack?

We’re so much more alike than we are different. We all have the same problems, the same worries, the same families, the same needs, the same aspirations, and so on. We should all achieve to be the person we ourselves need. We should try to leave this world a little bit better than we found it. The love we want, the understanding we would appreciate, the kindness we search for– we should work on giving it to everyone that crosses our path. If we don’t, we’re only hurting ourselves.